Now if you’re like me, you have a million “what to bring to college” lists with an overwhelming amount of items. There is an abundant amount of items to get in each category, ranging from organizational items to desk supplies. Upon arriving to college, you may find that if you’ve bought every item on these lists, you’ve spent too much money and have no real use for the majority of it. Here is a short list of five items that you can scratch off your shopping list.
You may have heard horror stories about hundreds of students crammed into the library on exam week, waiting in a never ending line to use the printers. This nightmare may be your inspiration to buy a printer of your own but I would highly recommend waiting until after your first semester to see if you actually need one. While you can find a printer for under fifty bucks, the costs of ink and paper will add up. Most schools give you a printing allowance at the beginning of each semester; for example, my school gives us around $20 to use for printing with the costs being only five cents a page. Now unless you decide to publish a book while in college, you’ll barely touch that budget. Your printing allowance is usually included in your school’s technology fee that you are undoubtedly paying for — utilize it. Another thing to remember is that as each year passes, the world becomes more technologically centered. Many professors would rather have your assignments sent over your school’s educational portal (i.e. Blackboard, Moodle, Canvas, etc.) than the assignments being physically turned in.
2. Iron and Ironing Board
If wrinkled is your personal style, you may have never had this on your list anyway. However, an iron and ironing board will take up unnecessary space. If you are extremely averse to wrinkles, I would highly recommend buying a mini handheld steamer. These handheld steamers work as well as an iron and range from $10-30 and will save both space and time.
3. Computer Software
When you bought your fancy new laptop for school, I’m sure you were bombarded with many offers to buy computer software, such as antivirus protection and the new Microsoft Office Home and Student bundle. While both software options are necessary, you might be able to get them for free. First, check with your school. Many colleges partner with Microsoft so that their students can get the newest version of Office Student for free! As far as antivirus protection goes, check with your parents. If your parents are paying for cable at your home, antivirus protection is usually available to download through the cable provider.
4. Toilet Paper and Bathroom Cleaning Supplies
This is another situation where you should check with your school. However, if you’re living in a suite style dorm (which includes a bathroom), the janitorial service may still clean the bathrooms and provide toilet paper. This is something you should contact your school about before you buy enough cleaning supplies to last you through an apocalypse.
If you are a bringing a laptop (which I hope you are or you are in for a rude awakening buddy), there’s no need for a television. Unless you are a determined person, a television is only going to cause more distractions. Assuming you have a Netflix subscription on your laptop, a television with cable will only double the amount of distractions.
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